tv Mayor Mia Love CSPAN March 30, 2013 11:30pm-12:20am EDT
the echo is a powerful call to serve our brothers and sisters and to keep in our hearts of compassion for all. it is humanity that holds us together and as americans we are united by something else, faith is at the heart of our founding in the belief that as part of something bigger, we have the responsibility to look out for our fellow citizens. i hope we are all able to take a moment and reflect. to embrace our loved ones and give thanks for our blessings, to rededicate ourselves to interests larger than our own. michele and i wish you have blessed and joyful easter. may god bless you and bless the united states of america. >> i am congressman lee terry
from the state of nebraska. republicans in congress are focused on creating jobs. we have held the line against tax increases and pass the balanced budget and forced the democratic senate to approve its first budget in four years. there is something else that we need to do and that is take on the high-energy bills that many small businesses and families are up against. this is important when the pain at the gas pump takes a bigger toll on commuters and truckers. i have led the efforts in the house to support the keystone pipeline that would bring more north american energy to the marketplace and the thousands to work. keystone will create 20,000 new jobs related to the construction of a pipeline and this will create another 118,000 jobs. labor leaders in my home town
tell me it will create 2000 jobs here. keystone is primed to give the economy a shot in the arm and make energy more affordable and it will pay -- it won't cost the taxpayers a dime. the obama administration continues to block the keystone theline with every trick in book. it has been at 600 days since -- since the papers were filed. it took a 1300 days to win world war two and about 1100 days to walk the louisiana purchase. the pipeline is a no-brainer. it has passed muster through several environmental reviews, with support from abroad, a grass-roots coalition of employers, public backing is rising to 70%. last week the democratic senate
endorsed keystone with a filibuster-proof of 62 votes, a bipartisan show of support rarely seen in washington. the people in the congress have spoken. the experts have weighed in. now this time to build the keystone pipeline with no more delays or politics. if the president drags his feet, congress is prepared to act. more that we can do to support the nation of builders, and unlocked our as a way toources create jobs. lower the cost of living and put our nation on a path to energy security. doing all of this is not just about the dollars and cents. this is about coming together to solve the long-standing problems to ensure our children will have the same as a way to
chances and freedoms that we have had, and these are the blessings that we celebrate during passover. is a time to unite in prayer and celebration into renewed traditions and tells stories that remind us of the trials and suffering that can be overcome with courage and resolve. it is time for perspective. if we look for opportunities to work together and we choose to build on and not squander past sacrifices, we come that much closer to realizing the promise of a more perfect union and peace for one and all. god bless you, and your families, and thank you for listening. mia love in utah, and then a discussion about how editorial
cartoonisths portrayed the efforts for the universal health care law. our guest on "newsmakers" is richard trumka. he talks about minimum wage proposals and the union federation's talks about guest workers and how they should be paid. watch sunday on c-span. anna harrison,, whose husband dies afte ra month in office. letisha tyler and she passes away a year and a half later. julia tyler, his second wife. >> she is the madonna of first ladies.
she had posed as a model when that was frowned upon and was known as the rose of long island. by all accounts was bewitching, and she bewitched john tyler, who married her and -- she loved first lady. she ordered the marine band to chief and to the c-- hail to te her guests on a throne, going to the queenly role. >> we will include your comments about that by phone, facebook, and twitter. monday on c-span and c-span 3,
and c-span radio and c-span .org. >> this year we had a record 180993 entries in the student video, with the messages to the president. see all the winning documentarlies online. mia love,arks by saratogan mayor of psrings. she report at the leadership program of the rockies. this is about 45 minutes. [applause]
>> thank you. wow, thank you, everyone. what a great reception. i forgot my notes, so i will try to go by memory. i would like to say thank you for inviting me here. i just met a wonderful president that you have. please give her a hand. [applause] and crystal, she is the one who ordinate it all of this. thank you for all her efforts. i'm not the easiest person to nail down on events, but this was really important. she was able to persevere and get me here. and thank you to the board of
directors. ands an honor to be here talk to you today about something that is incredibly important to me. that is our country. my parents immigrated from haiti. they had $10 in their pocket. my parents worked many jobs to try to make ends meet. when things got tough, they tightened their belts and work even harder. the first day of college, i took my dad with me. he tends to be the fun parent. i took it with me and he was really giddy. not sure if it was because i was a last child he was taking to college or if he thought, my goodness, all my children, first generation graduates. he was incredibly incited and walked around as if he's going to school himself.
at one point he looked at me and said, your mother and i did everything we could to get you here today. we have never taken a handout. you will not be a burden to society. you will give back. they taught me growing up i was not entitled to anything that i did not earn, work for, or pay for myself. [applause] growing up my life was centered around self reliance and filled with all the possibilities of living the american dream. thisve to remember what country is based on an america
that i know is based off of. it is based and grounded in patriots and pioneers. it is grounded in the beauty of our landscapes, the farmers who work them, and the artists who paint them. it is in the entrepreneurs, our heroic military, it is in our olympic athletes, and yes, in our children who look at the impossible and say, i can do that. most of all, let us not forget that the american that we know is grounded on freedom. that is what makes up our country. it is interesting because you do not hear that from leaders very much. you do not hear the word freedom. your a lot of slogans like "hope and change." it is a great message because
you can fill in the blanks. hope and change can mean anything. hope and change can work for me to, but is not exactly the same message. the messaging that wins right now is not what can you do for your country, but what can government do for you? we have completely shifted. it is not a party shift. it is a complete shift and principal shift. my parents came from haiti because government was too big and the people were too small. but here people can invest their money in something that can work. free markets -- [applause] when a man or a woman can put a uniform and go to a
land and they sacrifice their lives, what are they doing it for? it is not hope and change. it is freedom. they know that there is no hope without freedom. that is who we are. that is the america that we know. what is next? we have a president that is elected a somewhat he says and not necessarily what he does or else we would not be in such a
mess right now, right? so what do we do? hang our hats and say, it's over? trust me, i have wanted to do that at times, but i have children. i do not have the luxury to do that. what do we do? three things. first, make the choice to get into the fight and know why you're doing it. [applause] many times you run on slogans and that is fine. i'm not telling you to get rid of slogans. understand why you're getting into it. ask yourself, if i can accomplish one thing while in office, what would that be? if i have to spend every single political capital that i have, what would i do? what would i do with that
effort? as a mayor, i ran on a slogan of building a beautiful city, fiscal discipline, and communication. when i asked myself what i really wanted to do, it would be to make sure our city was financially stable. i wanted to make sure that the city my children were growing in was a city that was financially stable. with the national debt and the state debt -- i do not want to put another burden on a local level. the best solutions are found at the local level. saratoga springs was incorporated in 1997. we had two state roads. everything was agriculture. we had our own self-sufficient systems. our city started to grow and
grow. we never set a residential tax because we were living off of building permits. [laughter] thatsk yourself, how is sustainable? how does that work? guess what happened in 2008? you can participate. it is ok. housing market crashed. we went to no money coming into the city. wasad to do something that difficult. we rolled up our sleeves and had to cut spending. let me tell you, it is interesting. i believe i live in one of the red states in the united states. he would not believe how many people who wanted to take my
head off. it was insane. he rolled up hours needs and we got rid of as much of spending as possible. i was forced to ask myself three questions every time -- is it affordable? is it sustainable? is it my job? when you ask yourself those questions, it is funny how little you are required to do. right? so, we have to ask ourselves that question. we went from $3.5 million shortfall to -- we were able to make sure that safety was paid and utilities was paid and everything was sustainable. it had to be our job. right?
imagine if you were able to do that in washington. [laughter] it is not rocket science. you live within your means. that is what my goal was. guess what? we are financially stable and we are doing well. the people who want to take my head off, they started running as volunteers. it worked out great. [applause] so, know why you're getting into the fight. if you know what you're doing it, you can make a difference. two, messaging and the power of personal touch. know every single one of us have an iphone, an ipad, a blackberry, you name it. we communicate through all of these rings. sometimes it can get us in trouble. i was sitting across the room
from a friend of mine who happens to be a director for the utah department of transportation. we were sitting in a boring meeting. i had to do whatever i could to get through this meeting. he texted me back and forth and apparently he was board also. at one point he told me to do something to shake up the meeting. tell this joke. it will be funny. i meant to text, dare me, and i will. but i ended up texting, date me and i will. [laughter] i did not realize until he looked at me from across the room with this look on his face like --
so i looked down and realized, no! i'm happily married. you will see the r's next to the t's on your phone. it is one of those things where i have to be careful. understandingto who you are and reaching people, people are tired. when you need to communicate with someone, that is not the best way to do it. aw many of you have gotten holiday message ss, thank you for everything have done in our lives. love so and so. outyou're trying to figure if it is a group message or if it is just for you.
i look for things that say, dear mia. but that is not what we do. there is a little girl that lives with her father in san diego. her father used to take her to the san diego padres game. she loved baseball. her father took her to the game one day. she was so animated that most people who sat around her watched her more than the game. she was yelling at the players and people in the audience. she was really into the game. the game started going and people got rowdy and probably drinking too much. he brought her into a section that was empty. as soon as they sat down, there was a fly ball.
it flew and landed in the section she had just moved from. tos young man was talking this girl and really enjoyed talking to her, caught the ball. everyone can see this on the jumbotron. he walks down to where she is and gave her the ball. on the jumbotron, you can see this little girl blows him a kiss and everyone was into this. thisone thought it was sweetest thing. she had this young man sign the ball and she said, thank you. this young girl has three kids now. she is an adult. ball, mantle is this signed by a young man that she
did not know. never really got to know and doesn't know anything about his family are like, but he impacted her life somehow. that is it power of personal -- that is the power of personal touch. april 1 to know that you know their story and understand the story. even i if you cannot fix it, they want to know that you want to try to fix it. think about how our president got elected. not based on what he has done, but how he makes people feel. the power of personal touch. the next time you talk to someone, remember their story and retell the story. someone else will see them self in that story.
last, but not least, we have to instill confidence and inspire people. we face some serious, daunting problems in our country. gloomndits of doom and will tell you that everything is bought. the economy is broken beyond repair and people are powerless to improve their communities. this great nation is in decline and our best days are behind us and not ahead of us. that is what they will tell you, that everything is over. constantlook at the drumbeat of the negative, you always ask, maybe they are right. even the most positive among us have a hard time waking up in the morning.
how many of you felt depressed november 2? yeah, right? what do we do? i'm here to tell you that there is cause for confidence. confidence in leaders thatout t. confidence that we can improve our communities. fix the economy and improve the nation for crying out loud, we are the united states of america we have never been a nation of fear. [applause] at the republican convention, i mentioned that every child who looks at the seemingly impossible says, i can do that. as many of you have children or grandchildren to watch olympic athletes do the impossible and say, i can do that? my son watch the trampling of
and and went outside trying to perform everything that they did and thought he could do it. that is what is great. we have to instill confidence. haveis the confidence you to instill that into the american people. confidence is not arrogance. true confidence is being ready for the task and having a solid plan and having the determination to persevere. it is difficult. we have to do that all stop many people have told me after the campaign that this is not the end. it is just the end of the beginning.
there is so much to do. i have confidence that we can fix our nation's problems. we can simple five the tax code and have a budget. we can keep the promises he made for seniors. we can keep the promises. we can make sure that we sacrifice a little so our children will have opportunities to do amazing things. every individual in this country should be able to walk confidently toward their goals, toward their dreams. i have confidence in the american people. as individuals and as a country, we will not cower in a corner. we will not drudge forward decline. we will not go gently into that good night. we will stand up and stand out as examples of everything that is good and right in this
nation. we needed to do that. [applause] seeing you here today, you are my source of confidence. every time i go out and talk to people who are willing to get into the fight, i have a little bit more renewed energy. thank you for that. remember our story. it is a good story. our stories have been told through those who have struggled and strived for better. we have to start our morning today. remember our stories have been told in small steps in giant leaps, from a woman on a bus to a man with a dream, to the
entrepreneurs and innovators of today. you know what that took? choice to get into the fight. messaging and touching people personally. it inspired confidence in us. all of the people who have done amazing things inspired confidence. that is the task we have to accomplish. if you will join me in this fight, i will not give up if you do not. if you will join me, we can add our voices to this cause. we can make sure that america we know and love is america that our children will have for years to come. god bless you all. thank you for being here and having me. god bless this great country of the united states of america. [applause] thank you.
>> will you take some questions? >> sure. >> mayor love has agreed to take some questions. there are a couple of microphones. line up behind them. when you are recognized, state your name and tell us where you are from. fire away. i thought that was one right there. we will start over here. >> russ farmer from colorado. what is next for me? >> russ, i'm keeping my options open. we have an exploratory committee and we will see if we
can get things going again. as i said before, i will not give up if you do not give up. i cannot do this on my own. meet as many people behind us as possible. we need to make sure that we have this message of individual liberty and freedom and we are able to make sure that we get out and we inspire people, inspire everyone. i was able to go to the university of chicago the other day. i reminded the students there that tough things come through service. even though they are hard, in the end they are worth it. i pretty much told them i refuse to sit in this mold that wants me to sit into.
[applause] imagine if martin luther king decided to sit back and do what society told him to do. if you decided, they know where my place is -- are our battles so different today than they were then? are they so different when we passed an amendment back then? they are very similar circumstances. i will not give up. that is the answer to your question. we will continue to fight. we will be out there one way or another. >> one criteria when analyzing
your budget was asking the question, is it our job to do this? i would love to know plus some of the things you look at but said that was the people's job, not the governments job. in the federal government, i want you to only what are some things that are questioned the same way. >> a great example, two years ago some residents came to me and said, we need a library. lehigh has a library, egomaniacal library. libraries are all expenditures and no revenue. i have children, a library is appealing to me. i want them to be able to go and find a place where they can read. you have to ask yourself that question. is it affordable, sustainable, is it my job? is it what was elected to do? is it the proper role? so i said, here is what we are
going to do. i will do everything i can to help you with a library. if it is truly an essential service, you can do it. so the resident said, all right. we will go out and do everything we can. they collected books, all books. what they didn't use they repaired and resold. i got private businesses to come in and sponsor the library. the bank of america sponsored the children's library. we were just building a library. we were building a community. people started getting together for the same cause area on monday night, everybody was therefore the library. the library was making a lot of money. we had a movie night. today we have a full-blown library and it is not on the backs of the taxpayers. [applause]
and what is interesting, i was there just the other day. my children volunteered to do -- part of the literacy program. a little boy dropped some gum on the carpet and 20 mothers got up and said, you pick that up. i have to fund raise to replace the carpet. [laughter] it is interesting that when we work hard and own something, we really put our time and effort area did it is interesting how much people really take care of what they have worked hard for. [applause] you did ask me one more. what can federal government? it is written right there in the constitution. i don't know what else to say. it is clear. if they just followed that, we would be ok. [applause]
>> welcome to god's country. i'm class of 2013. i would be curious to hear your thoughts on the unique role of women in leadership. >>oh. not ew, but, ooh. [laughter] it is interesting. i believe what may be a better candidate is that i did not need this job. i has been to a sitting right here, i have to give him a hand. he finances everything i do here. [applause] i would not be able to do what i do if it weren't for that great man we have over there, he feels like through me he is sacrificing also and doing his service. women have a lot to offer. i mean, gosh.
i was a pta mom for many years, laminating apples to popsicle sticks. people in the department of education that make over $100,000 while our teachers are making pennies. we go to the doctors office with our kids, we realize that every time we go grocery shopping, less is coming home and the prices are going up. there is a lot for women to be able to offer. just to let you know, i am not one that always stands on the podium and says i am woman, hear me roar. i consider myself a wife, a mother, a concerned citizen, and american. wehink we need to make sure are not allowing anyone to divide us as people. this whole war on women is absolutely ridiculous. [applause] i need as many people to get involved as possible.
that is including moms that want to make sure that their children have an opportunity of reaching their goals. so, thank you. over here. >> bill marshall. on the subject of messaging with a personal touch, when we saw president obama attack the second amendment, he surrounded himself with children. why don't our congressional leaders take a page from that book, when they are discussing the budget and the budget deficit, and the national debt, surround themselves with children and say, you have just mortgaged the future in each of these taxpaying children is going to inherit $380,000 of debt. >> i have so much to say about that. [laughter] we are playing this game, i realized this in our campaign, also. we are playing this game where we are like, playing by the rules. we are the only ones playing by the rules. [applause]
in our heads we think, that is kind of cheesy, i would we use our children even though we are doing everything we can to protect them? i went to -- i woke up one morning and all over the news was plastered, mia doesn't like autistic kids. my opponent got up and went to an autistic kid schools and said, she will eliminate funding for the students. that is what i mean by, they will win at all costs. we have to be smart. when it comes to personal messaging, yes. i do believe that we have to do what we can to reach people here. maybe that does mean we bring children into it. they are the only ones who don't vote and they'll all suffer the most. we have to be able to speak up for them. as long as we are not doing anything that i believe puts them at risk, or exposing them
in inappropriate ways, i think that we do need to make sure we paint a clear picture of who we are affecting here. if you don't care about yourself, care about these kids. i agree with you. but we have to make sure that whatever we do, our principles stay intact. and that we are able to sleep at night. [applause] >> thank you for taking my question. i am from africa. i am pleased to be one of the participants of this. my question is this. the greatest lesson i have learned from this nation, is one thing, that this nation is built upon one big pillar. and that is, in god we trust.
[applause] what do you think about that? and where is that pillar now in this nation? >> thank you. you are absolutely right. i believe the majority of the american people are god-fearing. i know that i have a moral compass that is based on my faith and what i believe in. i do have to really understand my print titles. -- my principles. the other thing that makes this country great is that you can come here and worship we want to worship and how you want to worship and make sure that we allow people to make decisions. the greatest confusion that people have that i believe has been clouded over is that, we
are not supposed to be free from consequences. we are not supposed to be free from failure. that means whether you choose to believe in a god or choose to make choices, whatever your choices are, you have to be able to read the benefits or suffer the consequences. where i want to make sure that i am able to practice my faith, i want to make sure that other individuals can practice their faith. i do believe in a god. i do believe him a i have my faith and i want to sure that i preserve the opportunity to teach my children in my home when i want them to learn and not have somebody else teach my children whatever it is. understand this, when you get federal government to do one thing, they have the power to do the exact opposite, also. that is why my principles always stay the same. individual choice and liberty, reap the benefits, suffer the
consequences. [applause] >> you talk a lot about children and your mother and son who have been involved in pta and obviously mayor of a community. i had just become president of a nonprofit that focuses on educating kids about the u.s. constitution. getting right in the schools, getting the document in the schools, getting them involved in that process because the learning does not just start with lpr, it starts with kids. start and fifth grade, fourth grade, things like global warming and such. and talk about our founding documents and what it means to be an american at a young age. >> there are a lot of questions in there. [laughter] let me see if i can answer what
i think you're asking me. government takeover of education, land, healthcare, regulation, businesses, is very real. as much as you say, they are starting really early, i want you to know, i live in a red state. i children are coming home with articles -- there is one article my child came home with talking about the president's jobs plan. at the end it said, good jobs plan, the right plan for today. and she -- pretty much, it had an opinion. this is why, when i say limited government, it doesn't mean that you eliminate everything. that is not what it means.
it means that everything is applied at the appropriate levels. and education applied of the most local level is the most effective and the best solution that we can have. [applause] our it comes to teaching youth, we have got to make sure that federal government is not educating our children. that we are educating our children. [applause] that is how we are going to start. if we allow them to educate our children, what next? they will grow up with ideas and thoughts that weren't necessarily ours. >> thank you for coming. i am a graduate of lpr in 2002. i work for americans for prosperity. one of the questions i have for you is, in 2008, 56% of the women in america voted for the current guy. in 2012, 55% of the current
registered women in america voted for the current guy. what do you suggest in regards to, how do we educate women in america that the policies of the last are really not helping us but hurting us? >> it is all messaging. it is all messaging. somehow we have become the non- compassionate, really hard, strict, i don't even know what to say, warmongering party. somehow. the way they were able to do that is by messaging correctly. they made people vote with their hearts before they voted with their heads. we are trying to reach people's heads first. we are losing. we have to make sure when we get out and talk about people stories. i have heard so many stories about moms and about healthcare and different things that
actually fit our message. we have to start telling those stories. how many times -- who remembers joe the plumber? joe the plumber has a name, a face, a voice. our numbers do not have a name. they don't have a face, they don't have a voice. what we need to do is start taking individual stories and start telling those stories. does that make sense gecko it is all about messaging. if we are able to get people here, they will make the decision there. >> thank you, you motivate all of us. >> thank you. >> thank you for coming out. i am a graduate of the class of 2010. i got my funny last name in the soviet union.
your story really resonated with me. i appreciate the immigrant parents. help one day my daughter stands on stage and is able to talk about how her parents taught her the value of hard work and dedication. my question to you is this, as conservatives, we can't offer outcomes. only opportunities. the flipside of opportunities is failure. our competition is offering outcomes. we promise you a safe, risk-free world. we can't. we can give you the possibility of your dreams. we can deliver them for you. how do we message that and make it appealing? >> there is the rub right there. one of the things we need to do is get back to the core beliefs. in other words, how can somebody be independent and free when they are completely dependent on a federal government?
when i start talking about certain things like this on the road, i talk about, we are fighting the same battles we fought during the 13th amendment. instead of being enslaved by a plantation owner, now all americans are becoming enslaved by the federal government. what is happening is that, if you cannot provide for yourself, if you're not able to make decisions for yourself, you will never be able to reach your potential or opportunity. the policies that we create today take everyone and bring them to the lowest common denominator. when free markets and freedom does the opposite. it takes everyone from the lowest denominator and brings them up. so, it is one of those things that i believe is very difficult. again, i will go back and talk about individual stories. the reason why my story resonates, because it is real. people like you can see yourself in my story. when i talk about other people and their stories, someone out